Orange Bitters

Makes 1 Quart


  • peel (rind) & pith of 3 oranges
  • ½ cup dried and/or fresh herbs (suggestions - angelica, lovage, flowering marjoram, lemon balm, mint, sage, thyme, purple basil)
  • ½ cup aromatic whole spices (suggestions - allspice, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, mace, pink peppercorns, saffron threads, star anise, whole nutmeg)
  • 1 quart vodka (grain alcohol will infuse faster)
  • water

Special Equipment

  • large (about 3-4 qt) jar with lid


  1. In a clean, dry jar, stuff in orange peels, herbs and spices
  2. Add vodka (or grain alcohol), leaving 2-3" of room from the top of the jar
  3. Add lid tightly and shake; remove lid, add water, seal tightly and give the jar another shake
  4. Leave to sit at room temperature 2-3 months; strain into a bottle and use to add an aromatic, citrus and spice flavor to cocktails such as a Serafina Delle Rose